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Edinburgh College student, Adam Nicholl, tells us more about using reclaimed wood from Holyrood park for his enterprising idea!

An Edinburgh College student has come up with a fantastic way to use reclaimed wood from Holyrood part to help him kick-start his new business.

Adam Nichol, 24, is studying an NC in furniture design at the college’s Granton Campus in Edinburgh. We went to talk to him to find out more about his hopes and entrepreneurial aspirations after graduation.

So, Tell us a little bit more about your business idea Adam...

’I got started because I loved creating things and using my hands- seeing something as pile of wood or a fallen tree then transforming it into something creative and the process in doing so.
I started to make wooden pens because my girlfriend got me a lathe for my birthday which I loved using and am always looking for new things to try on it. I came across pens when browsing for ideas and I thought that pens made from trees in Holyrood park in Edinburgh would be something that would be very popular - especially given Edinburgh’s tourism. I used my Bridge 2 Business grant to buy the kits to start making them and started selling them at the RBS West-End Branch in Edinburgh as part of your trade week.

Without Bridge 2 Business I think my wood work would still be a hobby, even just speaking to someone about it really opened my eyes to the possibilities, and that there was potential to start a business. I have been introduced to so many helpful people that have just snowballed my ideas and understanding of how to start and run a business.

My next step is to make a name for myself, really push to make my product known in Edinburgh and maybe even internationally, then move on to larger bespoke items of furniture. I am in the process of applying to the Prince’s Trust and hopefully it will all take off from there!’

If you would like to see more of Adam’s work, or would like to purchase a bespoke wooden piece, please visit www.facebook.com/nicholwoodcraft